President's Trophy in Hawks' sights vs. Canucks

President's Trophy in Hawks' sights vs. Canucks

April 22, 2013, 10:30 am
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Nina Falcone
After falling to the Coyotes in a shootout on Saturday, the Blackhawks hit the road and will face off against the Vancouver Canucks tonight. Catch all the action beginning at 9:00 on Comcast SportsNet Plus.
 
With just four games remaining in the regular season, the Blackhawks will look to build on their 11-game point streak as they continue their quest toward earning their first Presidents' Trophy since 1991. Tonight that goal can be achieved as they face off against Canucks.

In order to do so, Chicago would have to top Vancouver and the Pittsburgh Penguins -- who have already clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference -- would have to lose in regulation to the Ottawa Senators.
 
 
Throughout their last few games, the Blackhawks have found ways to capitalize on the power play, something that had been missing a majority of the season. But now with a strong man-advantage and an even stronger penalty kill, the Blackhawks are feeling confident with where they stand as the postseason nears.

"I think the power play has to score some big goals if you want to move on throughout the playoffs and I think we’re peaking just at the right time," goaltender Corey Crawford said following Saturday's game. "We’ve been getting chances all year and I don’t think there’s a time that we were struggling so much that we weren’t putting pucks to the net or getting chances. But now we’re able to just bury on them."
 
The Canucks, on the other hand, are chasing the Ducks for second in the Western Conference and are currently sitting five points behind Anaheim in the standings. A win against the Blackhawks tonight would allow Vancouver to clinch the Northwest Division, meaning they could not fall below third place in the Western Conference race.
 
The Blackhawks and Canucks went to a shootout in both their previous matchups this season. Each team has recorded a win, and tonight, both will be looking to earn the better record against their Conference foes.
 
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